Pune: The 25-year-old farmer widow and mother of three children cleared her Class 10 exams on Wednesday with higher second class setting an example no obstacles can hinder in path of education.
With no tuitions, no regular schooling Lakshmi Manika Sakhare (25), a resident of Ardhapur district in Nanded has managed to clear the Maharashtra State Board examination of SSC with 42 per cent.
Three years back Lakshmi’s husband Manika died by suicide at his farm due to overburden of debt loan on his farm. She along with her three children started staying at her maternal house along with her mother.
Lakshmi is a daily wage labourer working in farms and earns Rs 100 to 300 per day on which she along with her mother and her three children including two daughters naming Shraddha (9), Sanika (7) and son Yash (4) survive.
Lakshmi recalls, "Our area is drought-affected and in our village and community girls get married at a younger age. I got married when I was 17. Three years back, my husband who was best in farming skills started losing his hold in farming after the area hit with a drought. We lost our land and that was a shock for him. He strangulated himself in the field and left me along with two daughters and a son who was a year old.”
Two years back, Pune based Shankarrao Bhoi foundation started a Punyajagar initiative in which such children and the family members are given educational assistance. Based on which the foundation people along with Anil Gunjal - Assistant Deputy Director of Education, Pune, Archita Madke an Education Expert, Dr Vaimav Purandare, the then-District Collector of Nanded Arun Dongre, Chief Executive Officer of Zilla Parishad Ashok Kakade and Superintendent of Police Sanjay Jadhav gave continuous encouragement for education and she filled her formed.
She added, "I have been interested in education since childhood. After marriage, education was disrupted. Our family was devastated when my husband committed suicide. But now no more looking back, I would like to complete my graduation that is my aim. I want to try my luck in government and competitive examination so that my children also get good education facilities.”